Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There's a lot of talk about issues facing USRowing right now, but it's missing the point

First strokes, IRA Championships (Photo: RR)

There has been a firestorm around USRowing recently, with top-level changes, the removal of the CEO and the High Performance Director, and a renewed approach to structuring the board and the High Performance Committee. Social media and the discussion boards have been overwhelmed with theories about how and why things went wrong, and Carlo Zezza even went so far as to write a 74-page book entitled The Boys in a Box about all of the above.

We've heard theories about too many international rowers, about divided priorities, about sculling being the one, true way to revitalize U.S. athletes on the international rowing stage. But we're pretty sure it's a whole lot simpler than all of that.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Addressing the Hiatus

A look inside Issue No. 2 of SportUp's Between The Lines magazine

A lot has changed since 2010. It's fair to say that the Internet is a different place—the landscape of social media 'disrupted' blogging, just as blogging had disrupted publishing. The sport of rowing has grown online, too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rio Olympics Review: It Was The Best Of Times; It Was The Worst Of Times

Looking back on Rio

Hard as it may be to believe, the Rio Olympics are now done and dusted. Four years of preparation, four years of early mornings, four years of squeezing in an extra session on your ‘off’ day to help pave the way to the podium. It either worked, or it didn’t. One thing is certain — we’re all better for it.

But Rio, in many ways, was a dichotomy—in other words, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Here’s what I mean.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Videos: Behind the Scenes and Sneak Peek at PBS Documentary, 'The Boys of '36'

PBS' American Experience documentary, The Boys of '36 airs August 2nd (Screen capture)

Tomorrow marks the airing of the PBS documentary, The Boys of '36, based on the epic story of Washington's underdogs (okay, underdawgs) who took on the world, and won, at the Olympic Games in Berlin. And, just to get you fully prepared, here are three videos—the first one a look at the first chapter of the documentary; the second, a look at what the current Washington athletes felt about their role reenacting some of the scenes from 1936; and finally, an interview with the filmmakers.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

No One Is Trying To Ruin Rio For You, Because It’s Not About You

Cristo Redentor looks down from Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Recently, U.S. Olympian Megan Kalmoe (whose work has been featured here on RR) wrote a post to her blog entitled, ‘Stop Trying To Ruin The Olympics For Us’, which has since been published by The Guardian in the U.K. In her own way, Kalmoe is lamenting the fact that the media has focused on the many issues facing the Rio Games, going so far as to base their questions to the athletes more on ecological concerns than training and preparation for the Olympics. We all have opinions about the Games—it’s a world event. But here’s why I take issue with Kalmoe’s portrayal of the media’s intentions.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let's Talk About Doping In Rowing


And we mean that in two ways.

First, we mean let's stop pretending that doping couldn't possibly be going on in rowing because (by and large) it's an amateur sport. And second, we mean that given recent alarming findings by the IAAF, we need to start having open conversations about it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Video Of The Week: Henley Royal Regatta Reprise, Plus an Interview with Filmmaker Adam Heayberd

Views from the launch (Screen capture)

This week's video offers a skillfully shot and beautifully edited look back at Henley Royal Regatta, plus a quick interview with the filmmaker, Molesey Boat Club's Adam Heayberd.